Automated Traffic Monitoring Devices
I may be in the minority, but I’m someone who happens to value red light cameras. What about you? Have a look at this video and see whether it does anything to change your attitude towards these cameras:
How can anyone watch this video and not understand these drivers are simply dangerous and at a minimum need re-education. Someone hit two pedestrians, one of which was a child, trying to cross the street!
However, the simple fact is that most, perhaps all, of the drivers captured in these videos are likely still on the road. Why is this? At least in Rhode Island I’ve heard it’s next to impossible to actually convict someone caught driving recklessly on a red light camera. Why? How can you prove that the person the car is registered to is actually driving? I understand the argument and there is a simple solution… allow the ticket to be transferable. If I lend my car to someone else, who is then caught going through a red light, I could go to a police station with them, have them take responsibility for having driven the car and except ownership of the ticket. Would this work or have our societal morals degraded to a point where people are no longer able to take responsibility for their actions?
I may be in the minority, but I’m also in favor of automated speed tracking devices. Our roadways have turned into race courses and few people care. We don’t have, and never will have, enough police presence to effectively put an end to reckless speeding. Thus, I truly believe the only way to correct this behavior is to automated. Make it ubiquitous… if you speed, you’ll eventually get a ticket, guaranteed.